Chapter 4, Verse 13: Innumerable Buddhas have gone by, seeking out every sentient being; but through my own fault, I have not come into the domain of their cure.
Explain this verse using the analogy of a seed growing under the correct conditions.
Chapter 4, Verse 15: When shall I encounter the extremely rare appearance of the Tathagata, faith, human existence, and the ability to practice virtue,
Chapter 4, Verse 16: Health, daily sustenance, and lack of adversity? Life is momentary and deceptive; and the body is as if on loan.
Take a closer look at the Eight Leisures and Ten Endowments that characterize our precious human rebirth (see Geshe Chonyi’s text and look online, for example, Lama Zopa’s teachings on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives http://lywa.org). It’s easy to gloss over these without fully appreciating their meaning. Pick one or two of the Ten Endowments and explain in your own words, what they mean to you.
Meditation on Death and Impermanence
I heard a heart breaking story on NPR about mothers grieving the loss of their sons who were American soldiers killed in Iraq or Afganistan. Even though their sons died several years ago, they still visit their graves a few times a week.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91824839. Please listen to the story and then meditate on their overwhelming sorrow. Imagine writing a letter to one of them giving words of comfort from a Buddhist perspective on death and impermanence. Relate this to Shantideva’s teachings. How might this help them let go of their pain?
— Posted by Dina Li